and move on with their lives. for "today," miguel almaguera, nbc news, los angeles. >> nbc news analyst clint van sandt. we're all shaking our heads here. this whole scenario is so disgusting. it's likely, possible, in these two cases different motivations but the fact it was the same method of attack, something as rare as assad, any doubt in your mind this was a copycat? >> no, i think it probably was, lester. realize that just this last friday, the same day the woman in mesa, arizona, was attacked a beauty contest entrant in columbia, south carolina, was attacked in the same method. again, that harkens back to perhaps one of her competitors, like a tonya harding/nancy kerrigan olympic skater type of thing. when we see this, this is not just trying to injure someone, lester. this is permanent. these are permanent injuries to the face as well as to the psyche.